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Ukraine/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

The Ukrainian legislative base concerning the film industry is based on ca. 50 laws and by-laws. The Law on Cinematography regulates all film productions regardless of the legal / ownership status of individual film companies.

On the basis of the Law on the Privatisation of State Property (1992), most cinemas are now privatised or run by communities. According to the data of the State Film Agency, only 380 modern cinema theatres operate in Ukraine.

In April 2017, the President signed the Law of Ukraine On State Suport of Cinematography in Ukraine adopted by Verkhovna Rada. The law establishes that sources for the special fund for supporting the national film industry will come from the Ukrainian Cultural Endowment and the government. As it was indicated (see chapter 3.2) above, the objective of the newly established Ukrainian Cultural Endowment will be “to enhance the development of culture and arts of Ukraine, to provide favourable conditions for the development of intellectual and spiritual potentials of individuals and society, wide access of citizens to cultural wealth, and to support cultural diversity and integration of Ukrainian culture into the global cultural space”. The law also defines the amount of non-refundable government subsidies (80% for feature films and 50% for film series), cash rebates for film producers (16.6%) and other mechanisms.

Table 9:    Films created with state support in 2010-2013 and 2016

Types of films

Number by years

2010

2011

2012

2013

2016

Features

-

4

11

20

19

Animation

9

8

37

19

18

Documentary

-

3

9

15

30

Source:    State Film Agency of Ukraine, 2013, 2016.


Chapter published: 09-02-2018

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